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Biographical entry Strath, John Alexander Wiseman (1916 - 2009)

21 September 1916
26 February 2009


John Alexander W. Strath and his staff at Weapons Research Establishment made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the ionosphere, to antenna design, frequency management and computing systems. This made it possible to develop Jindalee, which could make observations of aircraft at great distances from our coast with great precision.


Born Scotland, 21 September 1916. AM. Educated University of Edinburgh (MA Hons 1938, BSc Hons 1939). Principal Research Scientist, Weapons Research Establishment 1952-68, Senior Principal Research Scientist 1968-70, Superintending Scientist, Electronic Research Division 1973-81, Acting Deputy Director, Space Physics Wing 1975-78. Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1979; CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement; Mann, Mackay Smith and Nichol Scholarships; Ramsay Memorial Medal; Norman Lucas Prize.

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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

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